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Location Category ID: 99450
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Official Website: Massey Ferguson
Other Links: Wikipedia
Racine Post
Racine History
Vintage Tractor Digest
Racine Veterans
Latitude, Longitude: 42.72794253 , -87.7829504
Location Accuracy: 2
Tanks Previously Here: Tanks confirmed built here:
1: M5A1 Stuart Light Tank - Fort Snelling Military Museum, Fort Snelling, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA (1943)
2: M36 Gun Motor Carriage - Veterans Memorial Museum, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA (Converted from M10A1 July 1944)

Models of tank built here:
1: M5 Stuart Light Tank (Additional manufacturer July-December 1942)
2: M5A1 Stuart Light Tank (Additional manufacturer December 1942-June 1944)
3: M24 Chaffee Light Tank (Secondary manufacturer July 1944-June 1945)
4: NM-116 Light Tank (Secondary manufacturer July 1944-June 1945)
5: M37 Howitzer Motor Carriage (Secondary manufacturer)
6: M41 Gorilla Howitzer Motor Carriage - M41 HMC (Sole manufacturer)
7: M44 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer 1950-2)
8: M36 Gun Motor Carriage (Primary converter from M10A1 June-December 1944)

The Massey firm was founded in 1847 in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada by Daniel Massey as the Newcastle Foundry and Machine Manufactory. The company began making some of the world's first mechanical threshers; first by assembling parts from the United States and eventually by designing and building their own equipment. The firm was taken over and expanded by Daniel's eldest son Hart Massey who renamed it the Massey Manufacturing Co. and in 1879 moved the company to Toronto. In 1891, Massey merged with A. Harris, Son & Co. Ltd. to become Massey-Harris Co. and became the largest agricultural equipment maker in the British Empire. The company made threshing machines and reapers as well as safety bicycles. In 1910, the company acquired the Johnson Harvester Company located in Batavia, New York, making it one of Canada's first multinational firms. In 1953, the company merged with the Ferguson Company to become Massey-Harris-Ferguson. The company shortened the name to Massey Ferguson in 1958. Since then Massey Ferguson has made a number of significant acquisitions, including Perkins Engines, and has itself been acquired by a number of other corporations. It is currently part of the AGCO group. (Source: Wikipedia).
The Massey-Harris name was used on various tractors sold in the USA and Canada between the world wars, including the successful Wallis 20-30 made by J. I. Case Plow Co. of Racine, Wisconsin. In 1928 Massey-Harris purchased the Racine factory, and sold back the J. I. Case name. However, in the following decades tractors produced by Massey-Harris at Racine had only limited commercial success. During World War II the company diversified into tank production. In July 1943 M5 light tank production began at Racine, apparently at a factory known as the Nash Plant. Production later changed to the M5A1, and continued until June 1944. The M24 light tank was produced by just two companies, from April 1944 by Cadillac and from July 1944 by Massey-Harris (unlike those built by Cadillac, M24s built by Massey-Harris can be identified by having no external serial number stamped on the glacis or T number on the hull side). The M41 155mm HMC, based on the M24, was manufactured exclusively by the Massey-Harris Tank Division, as was the M44, of which about 600 were produced from 1950 to 1952.
After the merger with Ferguson in 1953 the Racine plant was closed and all tractor manufacturing was consolidated at the Detroit factory where Ferguson tractors were produced. Some of the property at the Racine location was sold. The remaining facilities became a central parts warehouse known as the North American Parts Operation.